By Steve Corkran
Saturday, July 30th, 2011 at 2:42 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders re-signed offensive tackle Khalif Barnes on Saturday, according to ESPN’s John Clayton, which gives them a veteran option at right offensive tackle.
Barnes spent the past two seasons with the Raiders, primarily as a backup offensive lineman and an extra blocker on run plays. He also caught two passes last season, including one for a touchdown.
Clayton said the signing of Barnes came as a result of the Raiders being dissatisfied with what they gleaned from a long look at offensive tackle Jared Gaither on Friday. Gaither has missed the past 21 games because of foot and back injuries with the Baltimore Ravens.
“I was laughing everybody said we signed him,” Jackson said of Gaither. “I told you, we hadn’t. No, I mean, obviously when you check a guy out it goes back to the same thing. I want to make sure we’re putting healthy players out here. Nothing to him, he knows everything he knows to do. He’s just not where he needs to be to compete on a physical level all the time. But he’ll go back and keep working. It just didn’t work this time. So we’ll move to the next opportunity.”
Jackson didn’t rule out the possibility of signing Gaither at a later date.
“Right now, at this point in time, it just wasn’t the right fit, the right time right now,” Jackson said.
Gaither Tweeted that things just didn’t work out.
Barnes isn’t eligible to practice with the Raiders until Aug. 4. Upon his return, he is expected to jump to the forefront of the battle for the right tackle spot occupied by Langston Walker last season.
Barnes did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Barnes’ starting history in the NFL consists of left tackle, when he started there for four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will compete against the likes of Joseph Barksdale and Alan Pelc until further notice.
The Raiders also checked into re-signing veteran offensive tackle Mario Henderson.